Hear from our very own students here at ALAM, all originating from a diverse set of backgrounds and nationalities. These are their testimonials on their experiences, achievements and advice on what it’s like to live and study here.
Edmon L. Hernandez Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
“Maritime life is really unique in that everyday at sea is never the same. Each day always surprises me with something new. Thanks to the rigorous training at ALAM, I’m more confident to brave a new day.”
“It’s funny how things work out; I had initial hopes of doing bio-medical engineering in India, but wound up here at ALAM and have never looked back since. Whilst the learning experience is great, it’s the friendships forged that make it totally memorable.”
Sandeep Kumar Cadet pursuing Diploma In Marine Engineering.
“I just love the great outdoors, whether it is by the seaside or in the woods camping. Campus life at ALAM presents exactly these opportunities. Best part about a seafaring career is that we get paid for going on adventures!”
“It’s one thing to study hard, be disciplined and graduate top of your class. But at the end of the day, what really matters is that you have to enjoy what you’re doing. Do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
Mohd. Aizat Bin Kusni Platoon Leader- Diploma In Nautical Studies (2008), currently pursuing Advanced Post-Sea Course (1 Master & Chief Mate on Ship of 3000 GT or more (U.V.)) at ALAM.
“A huge fan of the open sea, I truly enjoyed the practical and hands-on training environment at ALAM. With plans to become a Captain of a ship one day, all I can bestow is to maintain a strong mind-set and focus, as this alone will take you far.”
Kumaresan Nataraj Top 10 student in Diploma in Nautical Studies (2009), currently pursuing Advanced Post-Sea Course (1 Master & Chief Mate on Ship of 3000 GT or more (U.V.) at ALAM.
“I believe life should be exciting, and ALAM gave me exactly that! With music ringing in my ears and books tucked under my arm, I thoroughly enjoyed the open campus next to the seashore. I face each day with a smile on my face.”
Muhammad Saiful Fuat Adam Diploma In Nautical Studies
“Being a married man who put himself through ALAM, failure is not an option. My family has always been my inspiration and driving force. What I’ve learnt during my cadet years – never stay in your comfort zone. Be brave enough to try new things as you’ll always be surprised at what you will discover, especially about yourself.”
Shawn Joachim Currently pursuing Advanced Post-Sea Course (1 Master & Chief Mate on Ship of 3000 GT or more (U.V.)) at ALAM.
“Imagine I stumbled across ALAM by just reading the papers one day. Never would I have guessed that I would become a sponsored cadet with an International career ahead of me. From my first day till graduation, I’ve managed to maintain a well-balanced study and social life here at ALAM, by playing futsal and taking in the totality of the seaside view. It’s wonderful!”
Mohammad F. I. B. Ibrahim Diploma of Nautical Studies
“Perhaps it’s fate when I swapped my hopes of being an architect to a seagoing life. I now have a secured career thanks to my sponsor, I get to live by the sea and let the big blue waves inspire me on a daily basis. I could not ask for more. This, alongside my interests and hobbies, I’m living a pretty fulfilling life.”
“I’ve always taken the more laid back approach, by leaving things to chance and going with the flow. As long as I keep calm and stay focused, things will work out well! Now armed with my Diploma, I have a whole exciting future ahead of me.”
“The maritime industry isn’t for everyone, because it really pushes the limits and puts one’s abilities to the test. Knowing this, that’s exactly why I joined because I wanted to know where I stand. I believe if you study smart, stay humble, respect others and build up a brotherhood among your friends, the sky is the limit (or should I say sea)”
“The day I graduated from ALAM, I can’t help but look back and reminisce. With knowledgeable, wise and an inspiring set of lecturers, I gained so much more than just an education. These invaluable lessons in life have set me on a course… towards success.”
PALAPES-Laut (Pasukan Latihan Pegawai Simpanan) is also known as Naval Reserve Officer Training Unit (ROTU) ALAM is a 3-year programme designed for maritime graduates to sharpen their skills and improve their knowledge in Naval Warfare, customs and traditions for officer level. After 3 years of training, they will be commission by Yang di-Pertuan Agong as acting-sub lieutenant in Royal Malaysian Naval Reserve. This was an initiative to increase the presence of young officers in the field of engineering and technology, within the Royal Malaysian Navy.
The partnership between ALAM and Royal Malaysian Navy will undoubtedly produce a versatile group of well-trained and focused cadets to be part of Malaysia’s maritime defense who will effectively raise the level of discipline within the Navy itself and act as leaders on its technological front.
Now is your chance to enroll in the front line and make a difference by being a member of a dedicated, patriotic and multi-skilled force, shaping the future of the Royal Malaysian Navy.
To learn more about the organisation, recruitments, training plan and everything in Naval Reverse Officer Training Unit (ROTU) ALAM, be sure to visit http://palapesalam.blogspot.com/ for more information.